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Area Deaths - June 29, 2011

Rickey L. Lambert

Rickey L. Lambert, 58, of Stafford County entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 17, 2011, at his residence.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip E. and Blanche G. Lambert; a sister, Barbara A. Jackson; and a brother, Phillip E. Lambert.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; two sons, Rickey J. Lambert (Dawn) and Joe L. Lee (Carillene), both of Stafford; three daughters, Talaya A. Lambert of Stafford, Shante N. Parker of Fairfax and Blanche Carter of Maryland; three brothers, Jessie J. Lambert (Darlene) of Westmoreland County, Tony W. Lambert of Stafford and Larry Lambert (Vanessa) of Stafford; and four sisters, Blanche G. Berryman (Jake) of Stafford, Gladys V. Lambert (Donald) of Stafford, Racheal Jackson (Vernell) of Spotsylvania County and Catherine R. Lambert of Opal.
A funeral was held Saturday, June 25, at A.L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home, Fredericksburg, VA. Burial was in the Bumbrey-Lee family cemetery, Stafford.
Online condolences may be expressed at albennettandsonfuneralhome.com.

Bertha Marrs Burgess

Bertha Marrs Burgess, 83, of Spotsylvania County passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She was born in Albermarle County on Oct. 28, 1927, to the late Russell Lee and Mary Gardner Marrs.
Mrs. Burgess was a member of Salem Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking, gardening and caring for children.
She was the widow of Harrison Lee Burgess. Mrs. Burgess was also preceded in death by daughter Katherine Burgess Monroe; and grandson William “Willie” Burgess.
Survivors include her son, Wayne Franklin Burgess (Charlene), of King George County; her daughter, Peggy Burgess Bryant of Spotsylvania; five grandchildren, Jake Burgess, Robert Monroe, Tracey Smith, Kim Dean and Jessica Hogan; nine great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Franklin H. Marrs and William A. “Billy” Marrs, both of Spotsylvania.
A funeral was held on Friday, June 24, at Covenant Funeral Service chapel, in Fredericksburg.
Burial followed in Salem Baptist Church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Dennis Charles Koenig

Douglas Charles Koenig, 67, of Spotsylvania County died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at his home.
Mr. Koenig retired as a master chief in the U.S. Navy. He also retired from EG&G Technical Services in Dahlgren.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine G. Koenig; two sons, Scott Koenig (Kimberly), of Dover, DE, and Jeffrey Koenig of Spotsylvania; two grandchildren, Kayla and Logan; and his brother, Mark Koenig of Woodhaven, MI.
A funeral was held Saturday, June 25, at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Interment followed in Laurel Hill Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Allen Wayne Yates

Allen Wayne Yates, 57, of King George County died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Yates worked at McLane Mid-Atlantic and worked for R.L. Perkins Hauling and Excavating. He was an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Melody A. Yates, of King George; his three children, Allen W. Yates, II (Lisa), of Fredericksburg, Jamie L. Yates(Maria Dyson), of King George and Amber Nicole Yates, of King George; his parents, Grover Yates and Thelma Yates, of Stafford County; his brothers, George Yates, of Stafford, Jeff Yates, of Roanoke and Randall Yates, of Stafford; and his four grandchildren, Ashlee, Ethyn, Sofia and Zoe.
A service was held Monday, June 27 the Covenant Funeral home chapel, with burial in Stafford Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society c/o Trudy Clifton, 113 Tallpines Dr., Locust Grove, VA 22508.

George Leonard Jackson, Jr.

George Leonard “Cadillac Jack,” “Lying Jack,” “Smooth Jack” Jackson Jr. went home to be with Jesus on Monday, June 20, 2011.
George was born March 29, 1930, to Evelyn and George Jackson Sr. He graduated from Richmond County High School in Farnham.
He joined the U.S. Army and received an honorable medical discharge in 1951. Over the years, he was employed as a weapons engineer at Dahlgren Naval Weapons Center, a chauffeur for Mr. Mike Minor and a bartender at the Fredericksburg Country Club. After retirement, he spent many years providing noteworthy home improvement to many. He was a member of Top Cats (a men’s social club), the Masonic lodge of King George Chapter 314, and the Van Club.
George was raised in a Christian home, gave his life to Christ and became a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Downings. He married Lois E. Martin in 1952, and from this union three children were born: Francenia, Gregory and Thomasine Jackson. Prior to their marriage, Deborah Logan Parker was born.
In 1972 George married Emily M. Posey, who had three sons, Joseph, Gerald and Thessalonia Posey.
George was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Cornelius Milton and James Howard; one sister, Rosie Jackson; and one stepbrother, David Frazier.
George is survived by his wife, Emily M. Jackson of Colonial Beach; four children, Deborah Logan Parker of Dallas, TX, and Francenia D. Jackson-Claiborne (Horace), Gregory A. Jackson (Eva) and Thomasine A. Jackson-Clifton (Zachary), all of Fredericksburg; six siblings, Vernon A. Jackson of Baltimore, Christopher E. Jackson of Spotsylvania County, Calvin A. Jackson of NJ, Dunrue O. Wilson of TX, Erlene B. Jackson of Danville and Ida Hite of Richmond; a stepmother, Bessie F. Jackson of Richmond; three stepsons, Joseph D. Posey of MD, Gerald V. Posey of NC and Thessalonia Posey (Sandra) of Reston; one stepsister, Gail Jones; one stepbrother, George Frazier; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, June 28, at A. L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home, 200 Butternut Drive, Fredericksburg.
Online condolences may be expressed at albennettandsonfuneralhome.com.

Jane Ballard

Jane Ballard, 64, of Stafford County passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 4123.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Davis (Wallace),  of King George County and Angela Healy  (Barry), of Stafford; one son, Thomas Ballard Jr.  (Danielle),  of Spotsylvania County; eight grandchildren, Thomas, James and Ashley Davis, Brittany Ballard and Thomas Ballard III and Christopher, Bryan and Barry Healy; three great-grandchildren, Austin, McKenna and Madisyn; a sister, Doris Martin of Baltimore, Md.; a brother, Mark Pritt of Orange County; and her best friend, Elizabeth Franklin.
A service was held on Tuesday, June 28, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford, with burial following in Stafford Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made at mullinsthompsonstafford.com
Stuart L. Shannon
Stuart L. Shannon, 67, of Aylett, formerly of Bowling Green, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at his home.
He had worked as a mechanical technician for many years for Fas Mart, Sheetz and finally Northwind Mechanical.
Survivors include his wife, Julie Shannon; two children, Sheila Jenkins of Fredericksburg and Stuart Shannon Jr. of Colonial Beach; three stepdaughters, Janet, Victoria and Lisa Byrd, all of Richmond; a brother, Richard Shannon of Kentucky; and a sister, Dot King of Colonial Beach.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 28, in the chapel of Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green.
Sign register book online at storkefuneralhome.com.

Homer James Preston

Homer James Preston, 90, died Friday, June 24, 2011.
Dr. Preston was a 31-year employee with the Dept. of Agriculture. After his retirement he did volunteer work in underdeveloped countries. He was a family man who served his country and was a Navy war veteran.
He was born June 5, 1921, the son of the late Florence Davies Preston Ludwick and Warren Preston. He was also preceded in death by brother Henry Preston and step-father Fred Ludwick.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Doris Stockton Preston of Virginia. He is also survived by his elder son, Warren Preston, his wife, Laura, and their daughter, Amanda; his daughter, Sherilyn Preston and partner Doug Descaro; and his younger son, Wayne Preston and wife Tara and children Allison and Tyler. He was loved by many, and his gentle soul and heart-warming smile will be dearly missed.
A chapel service was held at National Funeral Home, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, on Tuesday, June 28.
Donations may be made in Homer’s memory to American Veterans, amvets.org. or nationalfh-mp.com.

Merle B. Conard

Merle B. Conard, 90, of Berrien Center, MI, passed away at Lakeland Specialty Hospital in Berrien Center, on Saturday, June 25, 2011.
 Merle was born on March 20, 1921, in Cayuga, IN, the eldest child of Alfred and Dolly (Beaver) Conard.  
In spite of the Great Depression, he made it through the 8th grade, then had to leave school and work to help support the family.  He shoveled and hauled coal, labored in many occupations, and joined the Civil Conservation Corp to feed the family on $20 per month.
He was a master with his hands, could repair or gerry-rig about anything, and his unspoken motto was “I can do it”.  
He was a factory worker, painter, salesman, cabinet-maker, refrigeration engineer, and mechanical maintenance supervisor. Merle always found work, refused to take unemployment payments his entire life, and he taught his children a strong work ethic.
 He was drafted into the United States Army on August 23, 1944, and participated under fire in three Pacific beach landings (Okinawa, Saipan and Leyte).  As a heavy machine gunner, Merle was always on the front lines, and in one daring raid he and a buddy used explosive satchels to knock out a huge enemy gun that was firing at Navy ships.  He lost many companions in the landings and subsequent fierce fighting; he received the Purple Heart, along with other decorations for bravery.  He said many times with a laugh, “The Army did the work, and the Marines got the glory!”
 Merle loved to have fun, taking his family on wonderful swimming trips, and no fish was safe from his rod and reel.   He taught his children to fish, and loved to fish with them and with his dad. He made friends easily.
 He experienced a life-changing conversion when he heard Billy Graham preach on television, and for the rest of his life faithfully read the Bible, attended church as long as he was able, and spoke to everyone about his love for Jesus Christ.
 Merle is survived by two sons, William Wayne Conard (Ruth), of Rock Hill, SC, and Dennis Earl Conard (Jan), of Hemet, CA; two daughters, Brenda Sue Merkel (David) of Berrien Springs, MI, and Margaret Ann Poole (Glenn), of Benton Harbor, MI; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren, and a brother, Melvin Conard, of South Bend, IN.  
He is also survived by his first wife and mother of his children, Sarah Belle (Montague) Conard of Benton Harbor, MI.
 Three of the Conard brothers served simultaneously in WWII: Merle, Gerald and Howard.  Merle was preceded in death by two brothers, Gerald Conard, and Howard Conard, a medic, who died in battle three days before the armistice of WWII; and a sister Rhoda Koessler.
 Friends may call from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, June 30 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI.  
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, July 1, at Oakridge Baptist Church, 766 Oakridge Dr., St. Joseph,  officiated by Rev. Dave Broome.
Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Berrien Springs.  
Memorials may be made to Lakeland Auxiliary at Berrien Center, 6418 Dean’s Hill Road, Berrien Center, MI 49102 or Designed to be Pillars, P.O. Box 120494, St. Paul, MN 55112, web site www.designedtobepillars.org

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